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THE STATIC trials of the first air-conditioned rake to be conducted by the Research Designs and Standards Organization (RDSO) and makers of the rake will start Thursday. The trials are to test the stationary capacity of the rake and its compatibility with the equipment installed. This comes after the trials of the rake were delayed for a host of reasons after it was brought to the city in April. While some of the trials were already being conducted, this set of trials will be carried out by the railway officials who will suggest any change to be implemented in the rake.
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“The static trials will continue for 15 days at least, where the functioning of the rake will be tested under different conditions. Officials from RDSO, manufactures of the rake, including Strukton — a Netherlands firm — and Bharat Heavy Electrical Limited (BHEL) will supervise the entire process,” said a senior Central Railway (CR) official.
With continuous trials and maintenance, the rake’s shortcomings have been reduced substantially, he said.
“The trials will be continuous in nature and try to check the toughness and reliability of the rake. Dynamic trials of the rake will immediately follow the static trials and a complete study and review will help improve its functioning,” said a CR official.
While the Western Railway had confirmed conducting its dynamic trials between Dadar and Borivli, Central Railway officials were considering the Trans-Harbour route to be the safest for conducting trials.
“The dynamic trials will take at least three to four months after static trials of the rake are through. That will be the toughest test as many things will be found to be out of place and will need correction. Post this process, the rake’s route of implementation and fares can be thought upon,” said another Central Railway official.
The rake can be pressed into service from early June next year if everything falls into place during the trials, an official said.